21-year-old Waterford drummer/producer/rapper Alex Gough has released his new single and video, That's My Job. We asked him the BIG questions . . .

The track was written, recorded and produced by Alex in his bedroom during the first lockdown and he created the sound for the track with one of his musical muses, Denzel Curry’s right hand man and esteemed mix engineer Nate Burgess, who mixed the track from his base in LA.

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Alex says That’s My Job is about being responsible for yourself and taking care of that responsibility first and foremost. "You can’t constantly look after everyone else without looking after yourself first. That is That’s My Job in a nutshell right there." he says.

Alex is listed in the Eurosonic Top 5 Artists to Watch - as voted for by all media out of over 350 artists. You can watch his Eurosonic performance for free here on Wednesday, January 13 from 9.40pm to 9.55pm.

Tell us three things about yourself?

My name is Alex, just Alex, not short for Alexander, most people don’t know that so there you go. I started my musical journey at the age of six when I began playing drums, it wasn’t until I was about 17 that I started producing, up until then it was all about drums for me, still kinda is. I’m from Waterford, born and raised, despite people presuming I’m from Dublin. Hahaha.

How would you describe your music?

I always find it hard to find a way to describe my music in a way that’s concise or not just a load of genres mashed together. I usually say it’s Hip-Hop/Jazz 'cause it leaves it open to experimentation and interpretation. I’m a huge fan of a lot of different genres of music, I guess parts of every genre I love crop up in my own music, which is how it should be. My music is all my tastes wrapped up into one. People have their different interpretations of music and what they classify it but I guess in the broad sense, I’d call it Hip-Hop/Jazz.

Who are your musical inspirations?

God, I could make a list of a lot of people. I’m inspired musically from every corner, far away and close to home. I’m a huge fan of classic music, the 80s, 90s etc. Growing up, I was crazy into Michael Jackson, that never really went away, I mean him, and his team are all pioneers of what we listen to today really. There’s also the likes of D’angelo, Erykah Badu, Aaliyah. And up to all of Pharrell’s work, N.E.R.D, The Neptunes, Justin Timberlake. I have a few of those CDs in my car and they are always blaring. Up to more modern stuff like Kendrick Lamar who’d be one of my favourite artists. I’m heavily influenced by jazz, maybe not in its immediate complexities, which are often hard to transfer into your own ideas, but definitely in its ideals and its freedom of expression and all that. Huge fan of John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Monk, Miles Davis, all those. And all the modern jazz too, which I discover more of everyday, from Alfa Mist and Yussef Kamaal to BADBADNOTGOOD and Robert Glasper. I could go on all day, but I guess it ties into what I said earlier about my own music. It’s just one big amalgamation of all my tastes and influences.

How have you been occupying yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?

It varied over the year, which is bizarre, we’ve nearly been in lockdown for a year. At the start, all I did was practice drums and make music. I made a record, FOREVER CLASSIC, in the first lockdown which came in October. I worked hard through the first one and created a world and project that I am incredibly proud of. Through-out the whole second lockdown, I was in college. I’m in my final year studying music, that had to keep going regardless of the lockdown so a lot of my time was spent doing college work although I did work on and finish another full live project, which is called BONUS FEAUTRES in between all of it. Me and my band were lucky enough, in the short break between the first and second lockdown, to get into The Clinic Recording Studios in Dublin. I had recorded drums for my first EP there when it was just a shed with a room inside it. It was really cool to get back up there, David has turned it into an absolute institution since I was first there back in 2019. We went in and recorded Live versions of a couple of the songs from FOREVER CLASSIC and jammed a lot, made stuff up on the spot, which ended up on the record too. My brother came up with us and caught the whole thing on camera, which we’re currently turning into a little documentary to accompany the release, It’s fun, I’m really proud and excited about what we’ve made, can’t wait for everyone to see it. And I guess now we’re back in lockdown for the third time, I’m just trying to take it easy while I can, just doing whatever I feel like doing and trying to stay stress-free for a while.

What’s your favourite song right now?

My favourite songs in this current moment? FANTAZIA by Roy Blair. Don’t be Afraid by Knxwledge. Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock. They’re in my heavy rotation, anyway, could be something completely different next week.

Favourite lyric of all time?

I always find it really hard to pick a favourite lyric ‘cause it could be anything from any song. There’s a lyric I often quote that I like from a song by Solange called Junie. It goes "You want to be the teacher, Don’t wanna go to school", always reminds me or makes me think about the work you have to put in to get where you wanna go. Nothing comes without hard work. It’s cool. Great tune too.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?

For free? By Kendrick Lamar. What a masterpiece. I think I listen to that song once a day without fail, or at least think about it once a day. The way Kendrick raps like a saxophone is absolutely crazy. And it’s got some of the giants playing in the band, Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Sput on the drums. Crazy. If I could only listen to that for the rest of my life, that’d be absolutely fine.

Where can people find your music/information?

All information about me and my music is on my social media, which is @alexgoughhh on pretty much everything. It’s Alex Gough on Spotify, Apple music, YouTube etc. Give me a follow and we can go on the Journey!